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Pawlenty vetoes legislative call for ending Cuba trade, travel restrictions

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has vetoed the Legislature’s resolution urging the president and Congress to end Cuban trade and travel restrictions. Many legislators figured the nonbinding resolution was a nice way to support state farmers and business people who’d like to see some economic opportunities with a nearby nation.

When we mentioned the possibility of a veto last Wednesday, there didn’t seem to be a great chance it would happen. The governor’s press people didn’t even call back when I inquired.

But the Friday veto does put the governor in line with Sen. John McCain’s position on Cuba: Support the embargo as a way to deny the Cuban government resources to continue its repression of the Cuban people.
Pawlenty called the resolution “inappropriate,” the Associated Press reported, quoting from Pawlenty’s veto letter: “It is unfortunate that the Legislature passed a bill that completely contradicts a long history of U.S. policy against a totalitarian nation.”

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